Graduate Certificates in Institutional Research
Information on the IR certificate programs listed below is provided by the programs and posted as a resource for readers. Please note that AIR does not endorse or accredit IR certificate programs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for corrections, updates, or new listings.
Arizona State University
This online program prepares professionals to conduct the advanced analytics needed to support data-driven decision making in all academic and operational areas of higher and postsecondary education. The coursework includes analytic process models, data preparation, data mining, predictive analytics and data visualization, as well as context, security, and ethical considerations.
Ball State University
The Ball State University interdisciplinary IR Graduate Certificate Program, provides students with the necessary foundation of skills and experiences needed to enter the field of institutional research. During the program, students learn from an internationally-recognized IR leader who is a past president of AIR.
The Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College is ideally structured to meet the needs of higher education professionals who seek to advance careers in higher education. Students have two options for completing the program: The Administration and Leadership Track or The Institutional Research and Assessment Track.
Florida State University
The Florida State University Certificate in IR is designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, graduate students, and faculty. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of IR, explore institutional, state, and national databases, and apply their knowledge to practical situations.
The program is for master's or doctoral students in higher education (or relevant field) and working professionals. The curriculum offers foundational knowledge, technical skills and competencies, and guided professional practice. It helps current professionals advance to managerial levels or managerial level individuals to develop content and method domain expertise.
Kent State University
Kent State University is pleased to offer a Certificate in Institutional Research and Assessment. The certificate is focused on enhancing knowledge and skills development in the areas of higher education assessment, institutional research, technology, and the organization of higher education.
North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University offers the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees in Education, both with an emphasis in either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education. The Institutional Analysis curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding institutional analysis both inside and outside of formal education settings.
Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State Univeristy program provides students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation, and was created for in-career professionals, graduate students, and institutional researchers. Courses include foundations of institutional research, designing studies, faculty issues, outcomes assessment, institutional planning, and budgeting and enrollment management.
Sam Houston State University
supports faculty and staff of all levels and from a variety of institutional types in learning about assessment, institutional research, data management, analysis, accountability, accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management, leadership, resource management, among other areas of focus.
University of Denver
The Institutional Research concentration focuses on providing institutional researchers with strong quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods skills to be utilized in different fields.
University of Illinois at Chicago
The U of I College of Education program offers students the opportunity to improve quantitative skills as institutiona researchers with an online MEd in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment of an online garduate certificate program in Educational Research Methodology.
Unniversity of Miami
The Institutional Research and Policy Analysis track focuses on skills necessary to conduct applied institutional research related to the effective functioning of postsecondary institutions. Areas of study extend beyond integrating research into effective administrative or policy initiatives to include understanding state and federal policies, higher education foundations, statistics, and data analytics.
University of Michigan
The University of Michigan's Institutional Research (IR) concentration promotes conceptual, technical, and practical skills necessary to conduct applied research in or pertaining to postsecondary institutions and system offices. These skills include factual knowledge about postsecondary institutions and systems, research methods used by IR professionals, knowledge of the processes and issues affecting institutions, and an understanding of an institution's context and culture.
Univeristy of Missouri-St. Louis
The Graduate Certificate Program in IR provides the formal training institutional researchers need in an era of increased federal and state reporting requirements, legal mandates, extensive use of “data mining,” and pressure for accountability. The number of IR offices is expanding with even small institutions needing trained academics as institutional researchers.
University of Wisconsin-Stout
The University of Wisconsin-Stout Certificate in IR provides skills in institutional research-specific areas including enrollment management, assessment, accountability, data management, and strategic planning, as well as competencies in ethical considerations, project management, communication, data collection, and analysis. An application course and practicum focus on application of concepts and processes.